A journey through the most beautiful Italian wine landscapes for wineries designed not only to make great wines but also to be aesthetically integrated into the rural context in which they arise. They are the Cantine d’Autore, a project of tourist itineraries that emphasizes the importance of projects in which the production cycles are protected and enhanced by the wineries themselves, real artifacts that fit into a natural environment whose sustainability is enhanced by human intervention.
Starting from northern Italy, the wineries selected in this project reflect the changing Italian landscape: the morphological structure of the territory, the colors and materials of the buildings and their lines change and adapt to the territory that is modified both by virtue of the diversity of the environment in which they enter and by the myriad cultural-anthropological particularities. Thus, the clear and broken geometric lines of the Dolomites are reflected in the Tramin Winery by Werner Tscholl, while the sinuous ones of the Leonardo countryside of Tuscany are revived in the Antinori Winery in Chianti Classico by Archea Associati, up to the solidity and Mediterranean expressiveness of the Taverna Winery in Basilicata built by Onesitestudio.
Here the beauty becomes good and the good becomes beautiful. The winery is no longer just a productive unit but through its aesthetic, technological and cultural identity qualities it becomes the central element for the quality of the wine itself. There are over 400 native Italian vines in use and each of them corresponds to at least one oenological territory of different reference for climatic characteristics, geological, orographic and environmental. These differences must necessarily be reflected in the wine and everyone should be able to appreciate them on a sensorial level. The wineries designed to fit in the landscape aesthetically express this diversity that hopefully can be found in the wines they produce. And just as one can easily see the difference between two landscapes, the same should happen between two wines from different landscapes. The contrasting tones of the golden-green of the Etnean vegetation and the dark dark gray of the volcanic soils make us immediately understand that we are on Mount Etna in Sicily, just as the dialogue between the whipping and mineral acidity of Nerello Mascalese and Carricante are mixed with the ripe fruit that Sicily gives to its wines (in this case the journey is with Feudo di Mezzo di Planeta Winery designed by architects Gulino and Albanese).
If we were to find ourselves instead in the Acino di Ceretto Winery, designed in the heart of the Langhe by architects Luca and Marina Deabate, we would immediately perceive the structural strength of the Pliocene clay from which Barolo draws its power and longevity and the breadth of the rolling hills that surround this architectural structure immersed with its delicate roundness in the sweetness of the Langhe vineyards. We could continue with other 28 examples, as many as the projects contained in this “archae-enological” journey that we invite you to embark on, following the tracks published in “Cantine da Collezione” by Luca Molinari published by Formaedizioni. Here are the Cellars to visit and their respective architects:
The Cellars and Architects
Cantina Les Crêtes / Domenico Mazza; Cantina Ceretto /Studio Deabate; CantinaVite Colte -Terre da Vino /GIanni Anaudo; Cantina Nals Margreid / Markus Sherer; Cantina Colterenzio /Studio bergmeisterwolf architekten Winecenter di Cantina Kaltern a Caldaro /Studio feld72; Cantina Tramin / Werner Tsholl; Cantine Mezzacorona / Alberto Cecchetto; Cantina Santa Margherita / Westway Architects; Cantina Perusini, La Torre / Augusto Romano Burelli; Cantina Campodelsole / Fiorenzo Valbonesi; Cantina Antinori nel Chianti Calssico / Archea Associati; Cantina Castello di Fonterutoli /Angese Mazzei; Cantina Icario / Studio alle Progettazioni; Cantina Podernuovo / Alvisi-Kirimoto; Cantina Collemassari / Edoardo Milesi & Archos; Cantina Rocca di Frassinello / Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Cantina Tenuta delle Ripalte / Tobia Scarpa; Tenuta Ammiraglia / Sartogo Architetti Associati; Tenuta Castelbuono, Il Carapace / Arnaldo Pomodoro; Società Agricola Scalvia / Davide Vargas Associati; Cantina Feudi di San Gregorio / Hikaru Mori e Maurizio Zito; Enoteca dai Tosi / De Vylder Vinck Taillieu; Cantina Taverna / Onsitestudio; Cantina Feudo di Mezzo / Gaetano Gulino e Santi Albanese; Cantine Cusumano Partinico / Ruffinoassociati; Cantina Barbera / MAB Arquitectura; Cantina Su’Entu / Francesca Rango e Mario Casciu.